Title: The Body Finder (The Body Finder #1)
Author: Kimberly Derting
Release Date: March 16, 2010
Format Read: Paperback (FC)
Description from Goodreads: Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies-- or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the chaos that the dead leave behind int he world... and the imprints that attach to their killers.
Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer-- and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer... she might become his next prey.
Since I read and loved THE TAKING, I thought I should try Derting's first successful series, THE BODY FINDER. It ended up being a pretty good decision, as I'm now going to have to pick up rest of the books.
Violet was a perfect balance of a character-- both strong and emotional at the same time. Her gift was definitely interesting to read about, and I just wanted to know more, especially once the story got thick and juicy and things started to really come together. Not only were the characters great (And totally crushable when it comes to Jay), but the plot was solid and I had a fantastic time watching the best-friend duo solve this crime.
I would give BODY FINDER four stars, and recommend it to anyone who likes paranormal crime/mystery/thriller books with a little romance thrown in. I don't know about you guys,but I am becoming a Kimberly Derting mega-fan.